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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 7, 2007 5:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Play that Dead show one more time

Do you have a particularly favourite show? A show that you reach for when you need a bit of a boost? The one that’s guaranteed to hit the mark every time?

For me it’s the post-hiatus 6-3-76 Paramount Theater show.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-06-03.sbd.bertha-ashley.20004.sbeok.shnf

It’s an absolute gem. The evening kicks off with the very first performance of Might As Well (later we’ll get the first Lazy Lightning-Supplication and the first Samson and Delilah too) and it’s all upwards from there. The highlights of the first set are many; a beautifully tender Row Jimmy, a joyous They Love Each Other and a Scarlet Begonias that’ll have you dancing like Snoopy on the doghouse. (Just an aside – can someone remind me when Scarlet first got paired with Fire?) After Row Jimmy Phil says: ‘I don’t know how it feels to you but it sure feels good to us to be back after all this time.’ You can tell right the way through that they’re just glad to be there. The jam in Dancin in the Streets really deserves your attention – it’s a perfect example of the band locked in and in absolute synch with each other – not a note out of place.

The second set starts out in good style with the afore-mentioned first performance of Samson and Delilah. The boys have fun with this one! Turn it up and listen to the drumming – the high hat work is superb. Crazy Fingers is always a delight, one of my personal favourite songs, towards the end the playing takes on a dark almost flamenco feel before sliding into Wharf Rat, a pairing I don’t believe I’ve ever come across elsewhere. Let it Grow thunders along like a racehorse on the home stretch; and they show off their barroom rock and roll chops on Around and Around. Thirty spectacular minutes of Help-Slip-Franklin to finish off may well leave you looking around for something to hold on to.

Oh yes, on no account miss the second encore. It’s the first performance of The Wheel. What a killer way to end a show.


So anyway, that’s mine. What’s yours?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 7, 2007 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Play that Dead show one more time

For me its 1/20/68...

The Clementine is so sophisticated and jazzy, it's hard to believe this may be the first time they performed it. And the second ever Spanish Jam is just about as good as any they have ever played

The entire suite is just sublime and has this amazing "swing" thing going, you half expect to hear Benny Goodman join the band on stage. Can you imagine the sprung floor bouncing during New Potato Caboose?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-20.sbd.jools.19470.sbe-fixed.shnf

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 7, 2007 6:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Play that Dead show one more time

Excellent choice, Cliff. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of William Tell I have been in possession of this very show for the past few days. Got to agree it's something a bit special.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 7, 2007 6:47am
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Yep; that is a good one.

These days I have three shows I reach for regularly. I really can just beat some of them into the ground.

12-29-68; 6-7-70; 9-19-70.

I have probably listened to each of those 15-20 times over the past 12 months. Had to believe that it was over a year ago I "discovered" 12-29-68 here (that post I bumped yesterday about it was originally from 5 Dec 06...damn, really am getting old).

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:00am
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to beat a dead horse that is more maggot infested than Barry Bonds soul:

i still turn to 09/18/87 - set 2



Though most 76 & 77 also do the trick - especially the Mosque, Cornell, and Buffalo

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Poster: jerkwaterdan Date: Dec 7, 2007 11:21am
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This is my #1 pick-me-up desert island disc all purpose show that gets me every time:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-11-08.aud.weiner.28609.sbeok.shnf

Even if a SBD surfaced I would still turn to this fine audience recording.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:30am
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Cliff's mention of 1/20/68--or 20/1/68 as you'd probably write it--and Clementine is one of those great Grateful Dead "moments" that makes you realize why you listen to them. I just happened to have streamed that show yesterday morning while "working", and was blown away once again.
But I'll have to give a different show as one that gets a lot of time dedicated to it---12/31/72.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-12-31.prefm.vernon.20559.sbeok.shnf

Truckin'>Too>Morning Dew is a tried & true jam they seemed to perform quite a bit in '72, and this particular version showcases the GD just perfectly.

Post Script--ANY show from '73-'74 can be found more often than not in rotation for me.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:57am
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I have to say that Winterland NYE show is one of my favourites too.It's just a whole lot of fun.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:54am
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Rob,

I am not sure about favorite show but it is the one I seem to turn to.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-25.sbd.shannon.13399.sbefail.shnf

Yes, The Mosque show that you recently discovered. While going through a rough time last year I found myself constantly putting it on, particularly the Peggy-O from that show to help soothe the pain that I was feeling inside. A year later that Peggy is a bit bittersweet for me but I still love listening to that show more than any other single show.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:01am
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Larry - I'm not saying this is my favourite show, really. I guess I'm saying that it's my comfort blanket show. Favourite show - well that could be a whole new thread!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:30am
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Understood.

Hope you don't mind that I am trying your comfort blanket on for size. Donna pretty high in the mix and on key so far and Keith is also up front. I do really like shows when they both contribute like this.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:38am
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As I recall, Donna stays on key and screechless throughout. It's a pretty good one for Donna-bashers to listen to and hear how she could fit right in when she wasn't trying to compete with the guitars.

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Poster: letitshine Date: Dec 9, 2007 6:09pm
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Definately the second set from 12/26/79 (aka Dick's Picks 5). Really, the pre-drums part is the only bit that is awesome every time, but it's still pretty much the ultimate pick-me-up show. 3/27/87 might get honorable mention.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:01am
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Rob, when I need that boost, that something extra to get me over the hump, I usually reach for 11/24/79. No matter how "down" I may be, the China/Rider and all that follows is guaranteed to always put a smile on my face.

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:23am
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Using a britney spears lyric? Strange post.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:25am
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The fact that you can identify one of her lyrics in my post (I can't) is borderline disturbing.

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:30am
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Hit me ba by one more time
Play that Dead show one more time

The highflow will not be pleased.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Play that Dead show one more time

Play that fast thing (one more time) written by Nick Lowe, played by Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile.

You clown.

This post was modified by robthewordsmith on 2007-12-07 16:50:00

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:57am
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Very nice to see a Brinsley Schwarz reference, if only in passing. There's a great bootleg out there, which I have an old faded, crappy cassette copy of, called Elvis goes to Washington and Dave Edmunds and Rockpile don't. 3 vinyl sides of Elvis and the Attractions in '78 playing DC (9:30 club?) and then Rockpile at Bottom Line (the show on wolfgang's where Keith Richards joins them at end of show).

Sorry for the hijack - just happy to see Brinsley Schwarz get mentioned here. And for some reason I now want to go fish out my early Graham Parker albums. Yes, I said albums.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:24am
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Man, I remember albums! And I still play them now and then too. Is that the 10-24-78 Rockpile show you're talking about? They were an absolutely fabulous good time live band. Nick Lowe is just a national treasure. Did you see the show he did for the BBC at St Lukes in London a few months ago?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:33am
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Not sure of date - would have to see tape. Apparently not on the vault, but found this one with Brinsley playing with Graham. Will stream now:

http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/graham-parker-and-the-rumour-concert/20050629-19163.html

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:29am
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No re BBC show. But I love Nick - really bummed I didn't get to see him at Hardly Strictly this year, but work intervened.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:29am
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No re BBC show. But I love Nick - really bummed I didn't get to see him at Hardly Strictly this year, but work intervened.

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:48am
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Oh of course wilfred brimley and his obscure jug band, who the fuck are we supposed to know that? Is that how highflow taught you to treat me? We were friends and now your smoking jacket smells of feces and grave wax.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:50am
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I just expected more of you than to see you jump to a Britneyesque conclusion. Honestly, could you be more wounding?

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:58am
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I'm just messing with you, I think the dead played a lot of traditonal blues songs. I like hotdogs. I have to poop.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:07am
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Beware the rabid ocelot.

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:13am
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The rancid ocicat has replaced him, the rampant sloth and the random oscilating obolesque.

You should have gotten the mensa memo?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:22am
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I did, but the dik-dik ate it.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:49am
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I'm in a sweet spot right now - enjoying music from just about every year. As of today, my favorite is 2/14/68 (needs no review).

1. 2/14/68
2. 11/11/73
3. 9/21/72
4. 9/6/80
5. 7/7/89
6. 1/22/78
7. 8/23/68
8. 5/2/70
9. 12/5/81
10. 2/28/73 (2nd set)

and thanks Rob, I don't think I've heard that 76 show.
will go on this weekend.


edit: and every time the '69 Fill W run goes on, it jumps right to the top. it's been a while though ...

This post was modified by Death&Mercy on 2007-12-07 16:49:02

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:56am
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I've been listening to an old favorite, long lost but recently re-acquired: 9/28/75, Lindley Meadows. Kind of short, but fantastic energy, and the "Truckin'" jam really gets it.

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Dec 7, 2007 6:18pm
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Right, Lindley meadows is a hot show. No doubt

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Poster: waynecs Date: Dec 7, 2007 7:31am
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For me its 2/27/69,6/9/77 or 12/1/79 why those in particular?Who knows?All I know is they touch me in a way that few shows ever have.

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Poster: headgdhead Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:16am
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Mine is probably the shortest shows at 32 minutes that the Dead ever played, the March 23, 1975, Kezar Stadium concert to benefit S.N.A.C.K. Technically they were billed as Jerry Garcia & Friends. The other acts on the bill included Neil Young, Dylan, Santana, Joan Baez, Doobie Brothers and others! They came out and played Blues for Allah-> Stronger than Dirt-> Drums-> Stronger than Dirt-> Blues for Allah for the first time, after a 6 month hiatus, to a live audience! Listening to this show and how the audience responds to this music absolutely defines what this band is all about. What other band could pull off an instrumental set of new material at a festival and have the crowd go absolutely bonkers? Ladies & Gentlemen, The Grateful Dead!

Oh yeah Billy Graham basically forced them back out to do an encore of Johnny B. Goode. Nice but entirely unnecessary.

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Poster: Edsel Date: Dec 7, 2007 9:47am
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Good memories from being there always works for me.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-05.sbd.cotsman.8993.sbeok.shnf

As a backup, Europe '72 does wonders for my attitude.

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Poster: darkeyes Date: Dec 7, 2007 7:39am
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I've been listening to 6/3/76 this morning at work and enjoying. I can't really think of any particular show that I go back to, but "Without a Net" is readily at hand. I love the Crazy>Warfrat>LIG here.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Dec 7, 2007 7:59am
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don't know bout 3, is 300 o.k?

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 7, 2007 8:22am
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No question, my first-10/10/76-is always my favorite for listening purposes. The recording I've heard here in the archive is a little iffy at times, but the CD's I got from Arbuthnot are crystal clear. The first set closer of Dancin>Wharf Rat>Dancin seems to be a bit of anomaly to me. I could be wrong. I ain't often right. In the second set, Playin>Drums>The Wheel>Space>Drums>The Other One>Stella Blue>Playin>Sugar Magnolia are phenomenal.